HOLLY DAVIS, OF GREENVILLE IS THE WGEL WATERMELON CONTEST WINNER!
It took just over two hours to dig through this year’s WGEL watermelon and count each black seed. When the juice settled there were 421 seeds this year.
Five entries guessed the number right on the money. We choose a winner at random from those five and Holly Davis of Greenville was the big winner. Thank you to the hundreds of people who stopped by the WGEL booth at the Bond County Fair and guessed the number of seeds in the watermelon! And congratulations to Holly Davis!
Holly Davis, of Greenville, won $100 Cash,
flowers from Floral Designs by Cindy, four tickets to Holiday World,
two passes to play golf at Oak Brook in Edwardsville, and four country music CDs.
FOUR VEHICLES RECOVERED IN MULBERRY GROVE
The Bond County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating the recovery of several vehicles north of Mulberry Grove. According to Sheriff Jeff Brown, at least one of the vehicles has been confirmed as stolen. This is the latest in a string of incidents which has been plaguing the Mulberry Grove area, including theft, burglary, and home invasion.
As a result, there will be a meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Mulberry Grove Park Community Building for all Mulberry Grove residents who are interested in organizing a Neighborhood Watch Program. For more information on the meeting, call the Mulberry Grove Village Hall at 326-8815.
Sheriff Brown encourages all residents of Bond County to lock their homes and vehicles. Do not leave your keys in your car. If you witness any suspicious activity, call the Bond County Sheriff’s Department at 664-2151.
HENA STREET CONSTRUCTION PROJECT NEARLY COMPLETE
The construction work along Hena Street was originally scheduled to be completed before the beginning of the school year. WGEL spoke with Greenville Public Works Director, Bill Grider, who told us all of the sewer lines have been installed and backfill has been placed. Crews will look inside the lines today to make sure there are no cracks or bad joints in them.
The last step in the process is to repair the road, which should take about two weeks to complete. Greider told WGEL they are still waiting on some pricing information from a contractor, but once they have that, the process will begin quickly.
Greider expects the work to be concluded shortly before school starts, or very quickly after it begins.
If the work is still going on when school starts, students are encouraged to take special caution while travelling on or around Hena Street until the project is complete.
WEST NILE VIRUS TESTING PROCEDURE
Bond County recently joined the list of counties in Illinois to have mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus. Penny Dixon, with the Environmental Health office at the Bond County Health Department, told WGEL about the testing process when looking for West Nile virus in mosquitoes.
Dixon said she captures mosquitoes from six locations throughout Bond County, capturing anywhere between 100 to 900 mosquitoes each time a net is placed. Mosquito batches are brought back to the health department where they are frozen. Two days later, the frozen mosquitoes are ground up and put in a solution that is tested for West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis. If the solution tests positive, Dixon notifies the State of Illinois about the positive test, and where it was captured.
Dixon emphasized the best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to avoid getting bitten as much as possible.